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Some Experiments in Embroidery

tion. It was just what was needed to round off For the beginner it is easy to discover what to
the training received in the schools, for it enabled avoid in this art of the needle. Firstly, there
them to understand the way in which theoretical must be no competition with other arts. No
precepts about art could be converted into working realistic figures, with shading as subtle as a paint-
principles. The educational value of foreign travel ing, should be attempted, and no tour de force of
among suitable surroundings has been already this kind, however its result may astonish the
sufficiently exemplified in the canvases sent by observer, seems quite justifiable in this particular
Mr. Hunter and his wife to the last three exhibi- medium.

tions of the Academy, and it will receive a fuller And then it seems desirable that the Lamp 01
illustration in a show of their productions which Sacrifice, which has been so much the guiding
is to be held immediately in the galleries of the light of the embroiderer, should, perhaps, be
Fine Art Society—a show which is to include dimmed a little in favour of the light which
some forty works in oil and water-colour. Reason brings. It is true that amongst the

initiated in the mysteries of the craft the amount
of work in a piece is considered very often as more

SOME EXPERIMENTS IN EM- important than the decorative effect, and a multi-
BROIDERY. BY M. H. BAILLIE tude of stitches is often admired as an evidence of
SCOTT. tne patience of the worker, who has sacrificed so

many hours in producing a result which might
The art of the needle presents several peculiars have been obtained directly and simply by some
ties which give it almost a place by itselt amongst other method. But the Lamp of Reason shows a
what are called the minor
arts. To consult a hand-
book on the subject is to '-" _ - — —
be somewhat bewildered
and appalled by the many
and intricate stitches which
are used and recommended;
and as in one of those old
recipe books on how to
sketch in water-colours one
was informed that " burnt
sienna is good for cows,"
so here certain stitches are
recommended for certain
flowers or leaves. As a
beginner in the art, it
seemed at any rate wise to
restrict oneself in this
matter of stitches—to adopt
one, the simplest and most
direct, arid then only
cautiously to admit the
more intricate stitches into
the scheme, learning and
feeling the exact possibili-
ties of each before proceed-
ing to a more extended
palette, feeling it better to
maintain an assured com-
mand over a limited num-
ber than to be confused
and bewildered by a

multitude of methods. portiere designed by m. h. baii.lie scott; worked by miss biri.ey

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